by LAURA E. RICHARDS (1850-1943)

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Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)

Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)

Laura E. Richards

Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards was the fourth child and third daughter of famous abolitionist, social activist and poet, Julia Ward Howe and Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, a physician famed for his work with the blind. Laura was the namesake of her father’s pupil Laura Bridgman, a deaf and blind girl who became a teacher at his school,The Perkins Institute (later, the School for the Blind). A teenager when the Civil War began, Laura died at the age of 92 in 1943, while the second World War was still ongoing. Her husband, Henry Richards, survived her for six years

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